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The discussion paper outlines where Australia is now by considering questions such as 'Do current policies reflect and support the profile of modern Australia?' and 'How many Australians and which parts of the community participate in the arts?' whilst also highlighting associated reviews being conducted in parallel with the NCP development.
As a vision for the next decade, the aims of the NCP will be to ensure progress is made in the areas of culture and the arts and that this progress can be measured. Four possible goals of the NCP are put forward in the discussion paper and in broad terms these are:
Further information can be found by visiting the website http://culture.arts.gov.au/ where you can download the discussion paper and, until 21 October 2011, contribute your suggestions or feedback.
Topics @ a Glance
Regular visitors to the ABS website may have noticed that we have made some changes to our Culture and Recreation theme page; the most obvious of which being that it no longer exists! However, there is no cause for alarm as we have converted our old style combined theme page into two new 'Topics @ A Glance' pages; one for Culture and one for Sport and Physical Recreation. We hope the new format provides users with an easier navigation path to an improved range of information relating to the Culture and Sport topics. The ABS Customer Insights team are developing new data visualisation tools and we are hoping to be able to incorporate some of these snazzy elements in our pages in the coming months.
To explore the new pages, click on the individual links above or go in through the 'Topics @ A Glance' home page and select the page you want from under the 'People' banner.
Sports and Cultural statistics highlighted in Australian Social Trends articles
Australian Social Trends (cat. no. 4102.0) is structured according to the ABS Wellbeing Framework which identifies culture and leisure as one of the broad areas of social concern. The publication is released on a quarterly basis and draws on a wide range of ABS and non-ABS data to present a picture of Australian society. The articles that are released as part of this publication aim to use statistics to tell a story about changes over time or issues relevant to the topic.
The June 2011 release of Australian Social Trends contained several articles based on Sports and Cultural statistics from a variety of sources.
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